FY 2008 marked the beginning of the SRDC's new five year plan, outlined in the SRDC's Blueprint for the Rural South strategic document released in mid-2007. The plan showcases the three major priorities that emerged as a product of a thorough and thoughtful dialogue with rural development stakeholders in the region. These three priorities are:
- Fostering Civic-Minded Communities;
- Building Economically Vibrant Communities;
- Expanding Opportunities for Distressed and Low-Wealth Communities.
The following document outlines the Center's FY2009 plan of work. That plan of work is the result of careful input provided by the Center's 15-member Technical and Operational Advisory Committee and its 11-person Board of Directors. As such, it delineates key activities that the SRDC will continue in FY09, as well as new efforts that it will launch in order to further advance the Center's important priorities.